Alumni Resource Book
Alumni Association   •   Truman State University    •   Kirksville, Missouri


1. Introduction

2. Contacts

Chapter & Club
Alumni Board of Directors
University Contact Info

3. Chapter/Club Management

General Administrative Info
Tips for Successful Chapters & Clubs
Working with Volunteers
Working with the University
Planning for Officer Succession
Honor Chapter Structure & Points System
Sample Alumni Survey

4. Membership

Benefits of Chapter Membership
How to Build Chapter Membership

 5. Communications

Chapter Communications
Chapter Email Accounts

Social Media Best Practices 

Sample Membership Letters
Miscellaneous Communications Samples

6. Event Planning

Organizing & Planning Events
Banquet Planning
Care Package Event
College Fair Program
Freshmen Send-Off
Golf Tournaments
Member-at-Large Events: Tailgate
Silent Auction
Other Event Suggestions
Listing of All 2011 Alumni Events

 7. Marketing Alumni Events

Guidelines for Submitting Event Info to the University
-Online Event Form
     -Printer-friendly Event Form (PDF file)

8. Scholarships

Establishing a Foundation Scholarship
Current Chapter Scholarships & Criteria
Sample Scholarship Appeal Pieces
Sample Thank-You Note to Donor


Alumni Association
Truman State University
McClain Hall 205
100 E. Normal
Kirksville, Missouri 63501-4221
Telephone: (800) 452-6678 or (660) 785-4133

Web Site:

6. Event Planning: Other Event Suggestions

The following is a list of other events that have been put on by various chapters and the contact information for the chapter representative with expertise in the area. 


Community Service Events

  • Race for the Cure (Arizona Chapter)

Cultural or Educational Events

  • Lyceum Series (NEMO Chapter)

  • Botanical Center Reception (Iowa Chapter)

  • Museum Tour with Truman Professor as Guest Speaker (Mid-Atlantic Chapter)

  • Art Museum Tour & Reception with Truman Professor (Iowa Chapter)

  • Science Center Reception with IMAX Movie (Iowa Chapter)

Networking Events

  • Legislative Reception (Mid-Missouri Chapter)

Social Events

  • Happy Hours (Mid-Atlantic, Chicago & Mid-Missouri Chapters, Houston, Texas Clut)

  • Palonza Night (Iowa, Colorado, Kansas City, Arizona & Mid-Atlantic Chapters)

  • Wine Tastings (Arizona, Iowa, Mid-Missouri & Chicago Chapters)

  • Trail Hike (Arizona Chapter)

  • Pub Crawl (St. Louis Chapter)

  • Riverboat Sightseeing Dinner Cruise (Mid-Atlantic Chapter)

  • Bowling Night (Kansas City Chapter)

  • Trivia Night (St. Louis Chapter)

  • Dinner & a Movie (Arizona Chapter)

  • Dinner & Mystery Theatre (Colorado Chapter)

  • Camping Trip with Interns (Mid-Atlantic Chapter)

  • Hayride & Wiener Roast (Iowa Chapter)

  • Quiz Night (Arizona Chapter)

  • Fun Golf Tournament & Picnic, not for scholarship fundraising (Iowa Chapter)

  • Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament (Mid-Atlantic Chapter)

  • Evening at the Improv (Mid-Atlantic Chapter)

  • Family Night at Game Works (Chicago Chapter)

Sporting Events

  • Major League Baseball Game (Arizona &Chicago Chapters) (Colorado, Kansas City, NEMO, Mid-Atlantic & St. Louis Chapters)

  • Minor League Baseball Game (Chicago, Colorado, Iowa, Mid-Missouri  & Dallas Chapters)

  • Truman Women’s Swim Team, NCAA National Swim Meet (Florida Club)

  • AHL Hockey Game (Iowa & Chicago Chapters)

  • National Hockey League Game (Mid-Atlantic Chapter)

  • Truman Basketball Game (Iowa & Kansas City Chapters)

  • Truman State University Bulldogs Football Game Tailgate (NEMO Chapter)

  • St. Louis Blues/Washington Capitals Hockey Game (Mid-Atlantic Chapter)